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5:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Is Tonight's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game Slowing the State Budget Process?

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Work on a new Kentucky state budget is slowing in Frankfort—because of a a basketball game.

Interest in tonight's NCAA Tournament matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats is the latest delaying factor in an already contentious day.

With only a handful of days left in the session, lawmakers are behind schedule on passing the only bill they’re required to: A $20.3 billion biennial budget.

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Politics
6:22 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Makes Tax Reform Proposal

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's tax reform plan would raise an additional $210 million in revenue each year.

In announcing his proposal Tuesday, Beshear said the plan would make Kentucky’s economy more competitive with neighboring states by taxing services, lowering income taxes, and reducing the top corporate income tax by a tenth of a percent.

Newly taxed services would include auto and computer repair, landscaping, janitorial services and security systems, as well as luxury services like tanning salons, golf courses and marinas.

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Local News
8:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Expanded Gambling Issue Should Start With Constitutional Amendment

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FRANKFORT—Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says expanded gaming legislation would ideally begin with a constitutional amendment.

Stumbo told reporters Tuesday in the Capitol that by letting voters decide the issue first, the legislation could avoid the kind of horse-trading that Senate President Robert Stivers has warned will threaten his support for it.

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Politics
11:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky House, Senate Leaders React to Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear gave his seventh State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and leaders from both General Assembly chambers—and both parties—had quick reaction.

Senate President Robert Stivers voiced opposition to the governor's support of a statewide smoking ban, saying that although he does not smoke, he supports an individual's choice to do so.

Related: State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy

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Politics
9:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

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As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

The session starts Tuesday.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo: Let's Make the Minimum Wage $10.10

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage.

House Bill 1 would raise the rate from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years.

The increase is needed to keep wages in line with inflation, and would help struggling working-class families across the state, Stumbo says.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky Senate President: Local Option Sales Tax Presents a Dilemma for Republicans

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An effort in Kentucky to fund projects with a new local option sales tax is posing a dilemma for Republican lawmakers.

Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer pushing for the state to allow for the local option sales tax, which would allow communities to have public votes on temporary sales tax increases to pay for new projects.

But Republican State Senate President Robert Stivers says it's difficult to balance higher taxes against civic improvement.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers: No Trading Votes for Expanded Gambling

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Kentucky's highest-ranking Republican lawmaker says he will oppose any expanded gambling measure that uses political patronage to garner support.

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says he isn't opposed to expanded gaming if it has unified support, but he doesn’t want the issue to be advanced by a trade of votes for pet projects.

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Local News
4:02 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kentucky Senate President: Expanded Gambling Supporters Need 'Consistent Voice' to Win Passage

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Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker says pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

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Politics
7:06 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Authorizes Audit, Appoints Acting Director

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky Legislative Research Commission leaders on Wednesday elected a new acting director and authorized an audit of the nonpartisan state agency's operations in the wake of the LRC’s handling of sexual harassment complaints.

Lawmakers—who make up the LRC's leadership panel—chose Marcia Seiler by a unanimous 15-0 vote to replace Robert Jenkins, who was named as interim director last month after the resignation of his supervisor, Robert Sherman.

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